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Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 i5 8GB 256GB 13.5" vs. Apple MacBook Air (2020) - M1 OC 7C GPU 8GB 256GB 13" + 9

Built-in microphone
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Built-in speakers
2-channel (Stereo)
2-channel (Stereo)
2-channel (Stereo)
2-channel (Stereo)
2-channel (Stereo)
2-channel (Stereo)
2-channel (Stereo)
2-channel (Stereo)
2-channel (Stereo)
Bluetooth
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Bluetooth version
5.0
5.0
5.0
5.0
5.0
5.0
4.1
5.0
4.2
5.0
Ethernet connection (RJ45)
No
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
No
No
No
Max Ethernet speed
Mobile broadband (WWAN)
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
NFC
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
Wireless network (Wi-Fi)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Wireless networking standard (IEEE 802.11)
802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n (Wi-Fi 4), 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5), 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6)
802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n (Wi-Fi 4), 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5), 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6)
802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n (Wi-Fi 4), 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5), 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6)
802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n (Wi-Fi 4), 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5), 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6)
802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n (Wi-Fi 4), 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5), 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6)
802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n (Wi-Fi 4), 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5), 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6)
802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n (Wi-Fi 4)
802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n (Wi-Fi 4), 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5)
802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n (Wi-Fi 4), 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5), 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6)
802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n (Wi-Fi 4), 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5)
802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n (Wi-Fi 4), 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5)
Adaptive-Sync Technology
Platform
PC
Mac
Mac
Mac
PC
Mac
PC
PC
PC
PC
Mac
DisplayPort
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
Type of DisplayPort connector
Via USB-C
Via USB-C
Via USB-C
Via USB-C
Via USB-C
Via USB-C
Via USB-C
HDMI
No
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
HDMI version
Other connectors
Headphone output
Headphone output
Headphone output
Headphone output
Headphone output
Headphone output
Headphone output
Headphone output
Headphone output
Headphone output
Thunderbolt
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
Thunderbolt version
Thunderbolt 3
Thunderbolt 3
Thunderbolt 3
Thunderbolt 3
Thunderbolt 4
Thunderbolt 3
USB
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Type of USB connector
USB (Type A), USB (Type C)
USB (Type C)
USB (Type C)
USB (Type C)
USB (Type C)
USB (Type C)
USB (Type A), USB (Type C)
USB (Type A), USB (Type C)
USB (Type A), USB (Type C)
USB (Type C)
USB (total)
2 ​
2 ​
2 ​
2 ​
1 ​
2 ​
5 ​
3 ​
3 ​
4 ​
4 ​
USB version
USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gbps)
USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10Gbps), USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 (20Gbps)
USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10Gbps)
USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10Gbps), USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 (20Gbps)
USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gbps)
USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10Gbps)
USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gbps)
USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gbps), USB 4.0
USB 2.0, USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gbps)
USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10Gbps)
Colour
Black, Silver, Blue, Grey
Silver, Grey, Gold
Silver, Grey
Silver, Grey, Gold
Silver, Grey
Silver, Grey
Black
Grey
Grey
Silver
Silver, Grey
Dimensions (WxHxD)
Depth
223 mm
212.4 mm
212.4 mm
212.4 mm
206 mm
212.4 mm
259.61 mm
199 mm
198.9 mm
230.3 mm
212.4 mm
Height
14.51 mm
16.1 mm
15.6 mm
16.1 mm
16 mm
15.6 mm
23.57 mm
17.25 mm
17.8 mm
18 mm
14.9 mm
Width
308 mm
304.1 mm
304.1 mm
304.1 mm
278 mm
304.1 mm
363.06 mm
268 mm
319 mm
357.2 mm
304.1 mm
Product weight
1.25 kg
1.29 kg
1.4 kg
1.29 kg
1.1 kg
1.4 kg
2.3 kg
1 kg
1.29 kg
1.8 kg
1.37 kg
Aspect ratio
3:2
16:10 (Widescreen)
16:10 (Widescreen)
16:10 (Widescreen)
3:2
16:10 (Widescreen)
16:9 (Widescreen)
16:9 (Widescreen)
16:9 (Widescreen)
16:9 (Widescreen)
16:10 (Widescreen)
Display technology
LCD
LCD
LCD
LCD
LCD
LCD
LCD
LCD
LCD
Backlight
LED
LED
LED
LED
LED
LED
LED
LED
LED
Panel type
IPS
IPS
IPS
IPS
IPS
IPS
IPS
IPS
Refresh rate
60Hz
60Hz
60Hz
60Hz
60Hz
144Hz
60Hz
60Hz
60Hz
Screen resolution
2256x1504
2560x1600
2560x1600
2560x1600
1536x1024
2560x1600
1920x1080
1366x768
1920x1080
1920x1080
2560x1600
Screen size
13.5 inches
13.3 inches
13.3 inches
13.3 inches
12.45 inches
13.3 inches
15.6 inches
11.6 inches
14 inches
15.6 inches
13.3 inches
Screen surface
Glossy
Glossy
Glossy
Matte
Matte
Matte
Matte
Glossy
Swivel screen
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
Touchscreen
Yes
No
No
No
Yes
No
No
No
Yes
No
No
Touchscreen features
Multi touch, Active Digitizer (support for stylus pen)
Multi touch
Multi touch
Eco labels
EnergyStar, EPEAT
EnergyStar
EnergyStar, EPEAT
EnergyStar
EnergyStar
EnergyStar
EnergyStar
Built-in camera
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Features
Backlit keyboard
Backlit keyboard, USB Power Delivery (PD)
Backlit keyboard, USB Power Delivery (PD), Display Touchpad
Backlit keyboard, USB Power Delivery (PD)
Backlit keyboard
Backlit keyboard, USB Power Delivery (PD), Display Touchpad
Backlit keyboard
Fanless design, USB Power Delivery (PD)
Backlit keyboard, USB Power Delivery (PD), Display Touchpad
Backlit keyboard, Display Touchpad
Backlit keyboard, USB Power Delivery (PD), Display Touchpad
Numeric keyboard
No
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
Security
Face scanner
Fingerprint reader
Fingerprint reader
Fingerprint reader
Fingerprint reader
Face scanner
Fingerprint reader
Fingerprint reader
Suitable for gaming
No
No
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
No
No
No
Dedicated graphics memory
No
No
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
Graphics memory
4 GB
2 GB
Type of graphics memory
GDDR6
GDDR6
Graphics processor
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7
Apple M1
Apple M1
Apple M1
Intel UHD Graphics G1
Apple M1
GeForce GTX 1650
Intel HD Graphics 500
GeForce MX450
Intel UHD Graphics 620
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7
Brightness
400 cd/m²
500 cd/m²
400 cd/m²
500 cd/m²
300 cd/m²
300 cd/m²
500 cd/m²
Material (body/chassis)
Aluminium
Steel, Aluminium
Steel, Aluminium
Steel, Aluminium
Steel, Aluminium
Plastic
Steel, Aluminium, Plastic
Steel, Aluminium
Free memory slots
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
Maximum amount of memory
8 GB
8 GB
8 GB
8 GB
8 GB
16 GB
4 GB
16 GB
12 GB
16 GB
Memory slot
Onboard
Onboard
Onboard
Onboard
Onboard
Onboard
Onboard
Onboard
Onboard
Number of memory slots
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
2 ​
0 ​
0 ​
1 ​
0 ​
RAM size
8 GB
8 GB
8 GB
8 GB
8 GB
8 GB
8 GB
4 GB
16 GB
8 GB
16 GB
Type of memory
DDR4
DDR4X
DDR4X
DDR4X
DDR4
DDR4
DDR4X
DDR4
DDR4X
Release year
2019
2020
2020
2020
2020
2020
2020
2018
2021
2020
2020
Pointing stick
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
Max battery life
11.5 h
15 h
17 h
15 h
13 h
17 h
10 h
8 h
10 h
Number of battery cells
4 ​
2 ​
3 ​
3 ​
Processor core type
4 (Quad) Core
8 (Octa) Core
8 (Octa) Core
8 (Octa) Core
4 (Quad) Core
8 (Octa) Core
4 (Quad) Core
2 (Dual) Core
4 (Quad) Core
4 (Quad) Core
4 (Quad) Core
Processor model
Intel Core i5 1035G7
Apple M1
Apple M1
Apple M1
Intel Core i5 1035G1
Apple M1
Intel Core i5 10300H
Intel Celeron N3350
Intel Core i7 1165G7
Intel Core i5 8265U
Intel Core i5 1038NG7
Processor speed
1.2 GHz
3.2 GHz
1 GHz
3.2 GHz
2.5 GHz
1.1 GHz
2.8 GHz
1.6 GHz
2 GHz
32/64-bit OS
64-bit
64-bit
64-bit
64-bit
64-bit
64-bit
64-bit
64-bit
64-bit
64-bit
64-bit
Operating system
Windows 10 Home
Mac OS
Mac OS
Mac OS
Windows 10 Home
Mac OS
Google Chrome OS
Windows 10 Home
Windows 10 Home
Mac OS
Flash/SSD
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Flash/SSD size
256 GB
256 GB
256 GB
512 GB
128 GB
512 GB
256 GB
32 GB
512 GB
512 GB
512 GB
Protocol
NVMe
NVMe
NVMe
Type
SSD
SSD
SSD
SSD
eMMC
SSD
SSD
eMMC
SSD
SSD
SSD
Number of SSDs
1 ​
1 ​
1 ​
1 ​
1 ​
1 ​
1 ​
1 ​
1 ​
Hard drive (mechanical/hybrid)
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
Memory card reader
No
No
No
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Type of memory card
microSDHC, microSD, microSDXC
microSDHC, microSD, microSDXC
microSDHC, microSD, microSDXC
Optical drive
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No